Internationally acclaimed Irish actor of the stage and screen and DIT Kevin Street Alumnus Liam Cunningham, received the DIT Brendan Behan Award this November for his outstanding contribution to the arts and in recognition of his humanitarian work.
Cunningham was presented the award by the students of DIT Societies at a ceremony at DIT Kevin Street Campus. Following the presentation which included a performances by a DIT/BIMM graduate Cunningham spoke to the audience about his acting career in Ireland and internationally and his work raising awareness of the harsh conditions facing refugees fleeing conflicts in South Sudan and Syria. He is most recognised for his role in HBO’s ground-breaking series, Game of Thrones, playing Davos Seaworth - a dogged smuggler turned advisor to the warring Monarchs of Westeros. Among his other accolades, he has won three Irish Film and Television Awards and shared a BAFTA with Michael Fassbender for their crime-drama short film Pitch Black Heist.
The DIT Brendan Behan Award was established in 2016 by the students of DIT Societies in memory of the author to acknowledge those who have demonstrated excellence in the area of the arts, culture and the media. Behan himself attended DIT in the 1930s, and the development of this prestigious award was supported by his family. His daughter, Blathnaid Walker, said she believed this to be the first award in her father's name, and said the family is delighted for him to be remembered in this way. Internationally acclaimed songwriter, musician and actor Glen Hansard received the inaugural award in 2016.